7 ways to cut your energy costs at home this Christmas
There are lots of ways to keep energy costs down over the festive season.
It’s just two weeks to Christmas today, and many of us now have the decorations up and are getting set to celebrate the holidays. If this sounds like you, then you January energy bill is probably the last thing on your mind.
However, Christmas is already an expensive time, and taking a few small measures now could mean one less bill to worry about when the new year comes around - so consider these tips and see if any of them might work for you.
- Make some small changes around the home to conserve heat. Small changes - like sealing off draughts, closing curtains at night, and closing doors throughout the house - can help you to conserve heat and energy, and save money as a result. There are loads of tips like this in our energy saving guides to help you get started.
- Turn your thermostat down a bit, if possible. Some estimates say that lowering the temperature on your thermostat by one degree could save you up to 10% on your heating bill. You could also consider using a timer for your heating and hot water, which will mean they’re not accidentally left on longer than needed.
- Choose LED over traditional fairy lights. Christmas lights aren’t overly expensive to run, but if you need to buy any new sets, opting for LED lights will save you on your energy bills - they only cost a fraction of what standard fairy lights cost to run.
- Submit meter readings regularly. Many of us simply trust our suppliers to get bills right, which could mean we’re missing out on important information, like whether or not bills are estimated. Checking bills regularly is important, and you should also regularly submit meter readings to make sure you’re billed for your actual usage. Doing so is really easy and will help you to avoid any nasty surprises when the January bill rolls around.
- Set a timer for your Christmas lights and other lamps around the home. Using a timed plug is a really cost-effective way to control how long you leave your lights on for. They are relatively inexpensive - around €5 each - and could help to reduce your winter electricity bill. These timers are also a good way to ensure your house is well-lit at all times, which is great from a security perspective.
- Don’t open the oven to check on your Christmas cooking. Opening the oven makes the temperature drop, which means it will need more energy to heat back up, and the cooking will take longer - and cost you more. There are lots of other ways to ensure your cooking is energy-efficient in our dedicated guide.
- Make an energy switch now to help your finances for the next year. The average dual fuel customer can save up to €342 simply by moving from standard tariffs to the cheapest deals on the market - and if you live in a large, busy household, you could save even more. Comparing deals and making a switch only takes a few minutes, so it’s well worth taking the time.